The County moved into the Orange Tier of the state’s COVID-19 prevention framework on Wednesday, April 7, further easing restrictions and allowing more indoor activities, signaling that the county has an average positive case rate of below 6 cases per 100,000 residents for the last two weeks.
Although restrictions are loosening, health officials still advise against thinking the pandemic is over.
“San Diegans should enjoy the benefits while continuing to take appropriate measures to protect themselves and others, especially washing their hands, wearing a mask, watching their distance and, when it’s their turn, getting vaccinated,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer in a statement.
Additionally, many other restrictions are set to end April 15, which can be found here, along with Gov. Gavin Newsom announcing that, if current trends continue, the tier system California has been using will disappear June 15, allowing for the complete reopening of the state’s economy.
Under the Orange Tier, activities allowed include:
Restaurants: Indoor seating increases to 50% capacity or 200 people maximum. The 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew is also ending.
Gyms and Fitness Centers: 25% capacity indoors; indoor pools can open.
Wineries and Breweries: 25% or 100 people indoors maximum
Movie Theaters: 50% or 200 people maximum.
Museums, Zoos and Aquariums: 50% capacity for indoor activities.
Places of Worship: 50% capacity indoor activities.
Bars with no food service: Open outdoors with modifications.
Almost 2.23 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered to the region, and about 2.1 million have been logged as administered, with nearly 26.8% of San Diegans 16 and older, being fully immunized. 144 COVID-19 cases were reported to the County on April 11 bringing the region’s total is now 273,430 and no new deaths, leaving the county’s total COVID-19 deaths at 3,621. 14,995 or 5.5% of all cases have required hospitalization, and 1,664 or 0.6% of all cases and 11.1% of hospitalized cases had to be admitted to an intensive care unit.